I have made this cake and it is worth the effort- the second time I made it -it was a lot easier :) This is restaurant quality. Please see cooking times on recipe :) There are many layers to this cake (no pun intended) and one cooking time was hard to answer.
Here is what the RSVP request stated: *Bon Apetit Sept 2003
Melissa Harden of Omaha, Nebraska, writes: "To celebrate our recent engagement, my fiancé and I spent a long weekend at the Mondrian in Los Angeles. Our stay was perfect, as was dinner at the hotel's Asia de Cuba restaurant, where I couldn't get enough of the rich Cuban Opera cake."
A traditional Opera cake is made from very thin layers of cake, coffee buttercream, and coffee mousse — all covered with chocolate glaze. This version, which is perfect for a special occasion, is taller than your average Opera cake, owing to its thicker layers